EA Games bring the classic board game to life with a living 3D environment
If your reading this you've probably played the classic board game before. But if your new to the whole Monopoly thing, you will pick up the rules pretty quickly. It's simple, every player starting with the same amount of money and each must take in turns throwing the dice to travel around the board purchasing as much property without going bankrupt. As players start to go bankrupt the one who lasts to the end wins.
You can play on the classic board as well as other board variants. Where the creativity comes from though is in the streets. This brings the whole board to life with a 3d world environment. The city is filled with your friend's avatar's walking the streets and it does a nice job of turning a board game into a breathing city. Each token that the player uses to more around the board has it's own character. For example, the battleship token includes a Admiral which rides the ship around the board. You can even use your Avatar instead if you wish.
Playing the game in the 3d world is a visual treat. It's great to see your property grow with buildings increasing in size and the auction is fun when bidding for property. It turns into a button mashing race as you raise or lower the bid.
A few problems do bring the game down a bit. The first are the noises the characters make. Over time they can become very annoying and you may turn of the game or even mute your TV because of it. Pacing is the other issue. It does become rather tedious and can take a very long time before a game ends.
Despite these few issues you can still enjoy playing Monopoly Streets. It's got some creative ideas to bring one of the most famous board games to life. If you've looking to play Monopoly in new ways or are simply new to the game. Monopoly Streets is definitely worth a try.
Review by Gareth Smith